While the Transformers film franchise has brought in the bank for Paramount, it looks like it will be heading for a stall. The largely forgettable franchise has gone on for five films – all of which were directed by Michael Bay. Its sixth would be a Bumblebee spinoff.
Now there is trouble for the Autobots and Decepticons. According to various reports, Transformers 7 has been pulled from Paramount’s schedule. More on the story below.
Variety confirms Paramount has taken Transformers 7 off its schedule. Although, no reasons were given as to why that happened. The film was scheduled to be released on June 28, 2019. But Laika Entertainment head Travis Knight‘s Bumblebee spinoff will still hit theaters December 21, 2018.
Back in February, there were reports that the Transformers film franchise could be headed for a reboot. At the time, Michael Bay announced his exit from the franchise – after directing five films. Also, a number of potential scripts didn’t get very far.
So Paramount will release the Tiffany Haddish comedy Limited Partners in Transformers 7‘s place.
It’s not as though we did not see this coming. With Bay being non-committal to a seventh and no word on that same film, it looks like fans are going to have to wait a bit longer to see that sequel come to light. That being said, Paramount does have a number of HASBRO properties they will be turning into movies. G.I. Joe is already getting a sequel, and there are films on M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and Micronauts in the pipeline. It may not be Transformers, but it is as close as you are going to get. M.A.S.K. will be directed by F. Gary Gray.
Paramount has also announced that Rocketman, the Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton will open in theaters on May 17, 2019. Bay will be moving on to Netflix, where he will be directing Six Underground starring Ryan Reynolds.
Five of the live-action Transformer films have a combined $4.4 billion at the box office. However, Transformers: The Last Knight is one of the franchise’s worst-performing films, only grossing $605 million worldwide.
We’ve seen how many times Bay has said that one Transformers film would be his final one. In between those times he has directed a different kind of film. A sort of sabbatical. So Six Underground may be that one film for him. Although, with the way that Transformers: The Last Knight looked, Bay is done with the Autobots and Decepticons.